http://www.latinoreview.com/news/first-spec-sale-post-strike-takes-place-in-arena-4038 Date: February 29, 2008 By: El Mayimbe Source: El Mayimbe Hollywoodreporter recently did an article on how slow it has been post strike with development deals and script sales. It does seem a tad bit quiet. Well, things look like they are beginning to pick up again! We have exclusively learned and I am happy to report, that the first spec sale of the season post strike is the script ARENA by writers Toby Wagstaff and Darren Howell. ARENA sold to Paramount with Benderspink producing. The script sounds really hot, here is the logline - A crack troop of US Army Rangers on a mission in Iraq are inexplicably transported to a futuristic battlefield called Arena. Our Rangers quickly learn that this bizarre controlled environment is populated by some of the greatest armies history - and the future - has ever known. In order to win safe passage home our Rangers must play by Arena's rules, which are simple: fight or die. Congratulations to the writers and especially to Paramount for pulling the trigger. Spec sales are healthy for the industry and it is good to see the ball rolling again. Expect a formal announcement from the trades later confirming our scoop.